UEA Mentoring

University of East Anglia Mentoring

UEA student ambassadors and the Accelerated Reader Scheme

A number of undergraduate and postgraduate student ambassadors from UEA have supported over 100 CAN students across Key Stage 3 in 2017-18, reading with students in small groups or on a one-to-one basis. Through this partnership CAN has been able to help a substantial number of pupil premium students to boost their literacy and reading skills. Students have also demonstrated increased academic confidence during their regular lessons.

The year 9 mentoring programme

Two students from UEA worked with a group of eight year 9 students. Sessions focused on the benefits of higher education, alongside individualised mentoring sessions to boost students’ academic and personal development. The scheme concluded with a visit to the UEA campus in May 2018.

The year 10 mentoring programme

A student ambassador from UEA undertook mentoring work with over 25 students in year 10. Students were selected on their potential to achieve outstanding GCSE results and to continue their studies at 6th form and university. Students met with their mentor once a week, with sessions focusing on the benefits of higher education, the importance of teamwork and communication, and the development of the independent research skills required for advanced study.

Last June over 80 students from the Accelerated Reading Scheme and year 10 mentoring programme took part in a celebration day at UEA. Students were given a tour of the UEA campus and attended an academic taster session on a subject of their choice. The event concluded with a presentation on the benefits of higher education, and a certificate recognising their achievements on this course.

Feedback from our students about the day was overwhelmingly positive. It included:

“I enjoyed the activities that were set up for us, they made me think in a different way.”

“I really enjoyed the speech and language session.  I’m now thinking of studying it in the future.”

“I was taken on a tour and I asked loads of questions about the UEA, and then learnt about the law after we learnt what choices we could have at UEA.”

“It was fun – I enjoyed making a game.”